Best Neighborhoods in Albuquerque, NM

Great school systems, abundance of outdoor activity and picturesque scenery draw residents

On Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 06:30
Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque's mix of cosmopolitan shopping, great school systems, abundance of outdoor activity and picturesque scenery have made it a desirable place to call home. Subdivisions are popping up all over the city‚ with the most pronounced growth occurring in the southwest and northwest quadrants. Prices vary by area, with the average around $189,000.


Looking to settle somewhere scenic? Take a look at Albuquerque's Northeast Heights, known for its great mountain and city views, complete with stunning sunsets and bright city lights. The major neighborhoods in the area include Sandia Heights, High Desert, North Albuquerque Acres and Albuquerque Estates. Along with its readily-available outdoor excursions, the area is also close to plenty of shopping opportunities, including malls and town center. Its proximity to good schools make it ideal for families. Prices in the area range from $125,000 to million-dollar homes.


To the west of the city, popular neighborhoods include Taylor Ranch, Rio Rancho and Paradise Hills. This is a prime area for first home-owners and well-known for its affordable housing, local shopping and excellent public schools.


Quaint, charming homes characterize Albuquerque's Southeast Heights. Its easy access to the University of New Mexico and downtown Albuquerque make the area popular with younger residents. Nob Hill, known for its cosmopolitan style, up-scale shopping, scattering of galleries and vibrant nightlife is an ideal location for anyone looking for a little big city flavor.


For country quiet, head east of the city. The up-and-coming area is home to large plots of land and peaceful surroundings. Neighborhoods include Tijeras, Cedar Crest, Edgwood and Moriarty. With prices averaging below the city average and land lots measured in acres, the Eastern quadrant offers some of the best values in the city.

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